Twitter launches stickers feature, bringing a taste of Snapchat to tweets

Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, it seems like just about every social media service is adding a stickers feature to their photo-sharing capabilities, regardless if it's something users are asking for or not. Apple's revamped Messages app in iOS 10 is getting stickers (along with a bunch of other annoying visual effects), and now Twitter is jumping on bandwagon.

The company has announced that starting today all Twitter users will have access to stickers, with the ability to add them to photos before they tweet. The stickers run the gamut of what you'd expect, from emoji and food to masks, hats, and accessories.

Stickers can be placed anywhere on a photo, resized and rotated, and more than one can be used. "Use them to share what you're doing or how you're feeling, to show support for a cause, or to just add some flair," Twitter's announcement reads.

While it's not too exciting, Twitter's take on stickers does introduce something new to the mix. Once a photo with stickers has been tweeted, the stickers become tappable, presenting a feed of other users' photos that contain that same sticker — essentially turning the pictographs into hashtags.

While it's an interesting use of stickers, it seems unlikely that anyone will want to see a timeline of photos featuring the pizza emoji. At a time when Twitter is still having difficulty defining the purpose of its platform, copying features from rival services will hardly improve the situation.

SOURCE Twitter